English Premiership

Liverpool target seven point gap after City slip

2019-01-30 09:03
Jurgen Klopp
Jurgen Klopp (AP)

Cape Town - Jurgen Klopp's Liverpool will be aiming to strengthen their grip on top spot in the Premier League standings when Leicester City visit Anfield on Wednesday evening.

The table-topping Reds currently hold a four-point lead over second-placed Manchester City, who suffered a 2-1 defeat to Newcastle United on Tuesday.

A victory against the Foxes could see Liverpool extend the lead at the summit of the Premier League to seven-points.

They can expect a stern test from a Leicester side that claimed the scalps of Chelsea and Manchester City towards the end of December, although the Foxes have suffered a slump of late, recording three defeats and one win in their last four league fixtures.

On the team news front, Klopp has a number of players returning from injury, including Dejan Lovren (hamstring) and Gini Wijnaldum (knee).

Virgil van Dijk missed training on Friday due to illness but is expected to recover in time to face Leicester.

Trent Alexander-Arnold (knee) and James Milner (suspension) miss out, while Fabinho is expected to feature despite picking up a minor hamstring injury in the 4-3 victory over Crystal Palace last time out.

Long-term absentees Joe Gomez, Rhian Brewster and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain remain on the treatment table.

For Leicester, defender Harry Maguire faces a late fitness test after sustaining a leg injury against Wolves on 19 January.

Daniel Amartey, meanwhile, remains on the sidelines as he continues his recovery from a broken ankle.

 

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